Drawn From Life

KAHLO: Self Portrait with Monkey, 1940

Mexican painter Frida Kahlo's self-portraits are now reproduced on boxes, bags and chairs, but she can never be entirely domesticated — her painful images still belong to her, and still have the power to shock, as can be seen at "Frida Kahlo," a retrospective of nearly 90 works at London's Tate Modern until Oct. 9 (tel: [44-20] 7887 8008; www.tate.org.uk).

Her work has been labeled socialist, feminist and Surrealist — but she defied every pigeonhole. What is certain is that her life played like a soap opera:...

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